Zwicker/Vella for Assembly, Day of Action

Sep 26 2015

Join other community members in walking Princeton to Get Out The Vote for the Democratic candidates for the New Jersey Assembly, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come to the Princeton Campaign Office, 301 N. Harrison Street, 2nd floor (entrance to the right of McCaffrey's), past the ballet studio and dentist, for materials and instructions.


Volunteer in This Year's Hottest State Assembly Race

Are you tired of being represented by Republicans in the state Assembly? Since 2011, when the state’s voting districts were redrawn, that's been Princeton's sad situation. Our current Assembly representatives are both on Chris Christie's Presidential Leadership Team and have voted in lock-step to support his regressive policies.

Princeton is now in state Legislative District 16 (LD-16), which includes portions of the counties of Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset and the municipalities of Branchburg, Delaware, Flemington, Hillsborough, Manville, Millstone (Somerset), Montgomery, Princeton, Raritan (Hunterdon), Readington, Rocky Hill, Somerville, South Brunswick, and Stockton.

The Zwicker/Vella campaign is working hard to win both LD-16 Assembly seats for two progressive Democrats who will stand up to Chris Christie.  This is one of the very few races in the state this year where Democrats can win seats. But we can't do it without your help.  The turnout on November 3 is expected to be very low, so we must reach Democratic voters before then.

There are several easy ways you can start helping right now at the campaign office at the Princeton Shopping Center (the office is on the 2nd floor next to McCaffrey's, past the ballet studio at the end of the hall).

  1. Sit in the office a couple hours regularly during the day as a receptionist. This would free up the campaign staff to get out in the district while keeping the office open. 
  2. Show up any Thursday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm to make voter turnout calls.  Bring a laptop and cell phone if possible.
  3. Write a letter to the editor - contact Jenny Crumiller at for suggested talking points and media contacts.
  4. Walk door-to-door on weekends to get out the vote among Democrats. Face-to-face contact is key to motivating people. To get started, contact Seth Levin at 410-627-9504 or or drop into the office to get started.

Make a difference! Help elect Andrew Zwicker and Maureen Vella to the New Jersey Assembly!

Special Panel: “Getting Beyond Racism”

Sep 20 2015 7:00 pm

PCDO General Membership Meeting
Sunday, Sept. 20th, 7pm, in the Suzanne Patterson Senior Center, located behind Monument Hall (Old Borough Hall). 

The concept behind the panel is to initiate dialogue and communication in our town on what has been a difficult topic in the past. We also want to honor the "Black Lives Matter" movement and the tragic events that have led to it. The emphasis in questions given to the panel will be on those that impact the Princeton community and what can be done to find solutions that move the community forward as a whole. 

The panel members will be responding to questions from the moderator, with a question & answer period open to the public at the end. Panelists include:

  1. Rhinold Lamar Ponder, a graduate of Princeton University, is an artist and attorney who runs a Facebook page, “Beyond Black and White,” which has more than 500 members. 
  2. Carlton Branscomb, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Princeton, and Board Member for the Coalition for Peace Action/Cease Fire NJ. 
  3. Shirley Satterfield, Former School Guidance Counselor, Historian & Member of Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. 
  4. Associate Dean Deborah Blanks, Princeton University Chapel, Dept. of Religious Life (Retired). 
  5. Calvin Reed, Staffer to Congresswoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman, who attended Princeton schools. 
  6. Leticia Fraga is Vice-Chair of the Princeton Human Services Commission and Chair of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights. She also serves on the board of trustees of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Board of the YWCA, and the board of Princeton Community Housing. 
  7. Michele Tuck-Ponder, Moderator, former Mayor of Princeton Township, and co-host of the Reed & Ponder Cable TV program. 


Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. 

PCDO Summer Family Picnic

Jul 19 2015 4:00 pm


Come join us for a day of food, fun and political friendship at the annual PCDO picnic. There will be informal activities/childcare for the kids, sing-alongs led by politico-musicians and the chance to hear from and mingle with our elected officials. PCDO will provide veggie burgers, hot dogs, hamburgers, and beverages. We ask that you bring a side, salad or dessert if possible. Come to eat, relax and play. Frisbees, balls, jump ropes, good spirits welcome and encouraged.


 At the Harrison St. Park, with parking on or near Aiken Ave.



House Party for Andrew Zwicker

May 2 2015 4:00 pm

 PCDO Members and Friends,

You are cordially invited

to a house party in support of

Andrew Zwicker
Democratic candidate for Assembly
Saturday, May 2, 4:30 – 6pm
210 Moore Street
at the home of Beth and Jim Healey.


Suggested contribution $25

~larger amounts are gratefully accepted~

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Amanda Davila
at or 908-872-3743.


The party is hosted by a group of supporters (in random order)L: Beth & Jim Healey, Jo & Jim Butler, Joanna Dougherty, Liz Lempert, Sheldon Sturges, Patrick Simon & Marc Weiner, Amner Deleon, Jenny & Jon Crumiller, Andrew Koontz & Laurie Harmon, Heather Howard, Scotia W. MacRae & Richard Blofson, Bernie Miller, Nousheen Thakur, Peter Lindenfeld & Mary Clurman, Dan Preston, Lance Liverman, Fern & Larry Spruill,  Mary & Walter Bliss, Jean & Jon Durbin and Elizabeth Bidwell Bates, and Karen Sisti & Peter Wolanin


We hope you can join us!


PCDO membership meeting - The Current Challenges of Immigration Reform

Apr 19 2015 7:15 pm

“The Current Challenges of Immigration Reform” will be the topic of a panel discussion at the April 19 meeting of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization at 7:15 p.m. at the Suzanne Patterson Center, 45 Stockton Street, behind Monument Hall in Princeton. The event is free and open to the public and free parking is available at the Center.

The panel will discuss the current status of the Obama administration’s immigration policy on undocumented immigrants; the issues facing undocumented immigrants in New Jersey; and the efforts of Princeton to address immigration issues and to welcome immigrants to our community.

Panelists are: Alice Lugo, Immigration Counsel for U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey; Tatiana Durbak, Esq., who specializes in Immigration Law; Maria R. Juega, Executive Director of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, located in Trenton; Princeton Councilwoman Heather Howard; and John Heilner, Chair of the Immigration Subcommittee, Princeton Human Rights Commission.